Those driving east down Lincoln Highway may have noticed a seemingly abandoned storefront topped by giant lights spelling one word: CHICKEN.
The name of that restaurant is Lothson’s Karry-Out, 644 E. Lincoln Highway, “Where Chicken is King.”
Opened by DeKalb native Keith Lothson and his wife Arlene in 1949 at their first location on Market Street and relocated to it’s current location in 1957-1958. Lothson’s began as an egg and dressed poultry restaurant and began frying chicken in 1950. Lothson’s also serves fried perch as well as fried livers and gizzards. The majority of the restaurant’s business comes from university students.
All info gleaned from a Northern Star article.
Sign Says open 4:30PM to 8:00PM Wed-Sun. Sounds to me like very targeted operating hours. I’m thinking the hours most people eat and likely the days with the heaviest traffic. On the other hand, it could just be the days Janet Fawcett, who runs the place is available.
Note: Through mid-2012, I found postings and reviews from folks supporting Lothson’s as the best chicken ever. Nothing from the last several months. It’s been closed every time I’ve driven through, but then again, I haven’t hit the magic days or times.
Postscript: 3/31/2013: Janet saw this post and comments that the carry out is still open during it’s scheduled hours. In fact, we can expect some upgrades this Spring. See her thoughts in the comments.